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Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, will continue his fight to protect family homes in Selly Oak despite a poor response from the government.

He has expressed his anger at the government’s behaviour and poor response to his Protection of Family Homes (Enforcement and Permitted Development) Bill. It failed to progress beyond Second Reading because of the behaviour of Tory MPs who have pushed it to the back of the queue.

This week Birmingham Labour MPs wrote to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phillip Hammond MP, to ask that he review the Government’s policy on the State Pension age for 2.6 million women nationwide. 37,000 women across Birmingham have suffered greatly from the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts that increased the State Pension Age for women born in the 1950’s.

 

The MPs have asked the Government to provide transitional state pension arrangements for the women affected.

 

Steve McCabe MP said:

 

The Chancellor announced tax increases for self-employed people from next April, which will see nearly 2.5 million people pay £240 a year more in national insurance contributions. A fifth of people who are self-employed have their incomes topped up by tax credits, this tax rise will hit hard-working people already struggling to make ends meet.

 

The Chancellor also announced £66m per year for social care for 3 years but all the experts say we need £1.9Bn now to head off a crisis.

 

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham, Selly Oak has voiced his support for The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer, an important new campaign to raise awareness of primary bone cancer.

Meeting with campaigners from Bone Cancer Research Trust Steve heard from Jamie Wood, a former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2010. Jamie underwent 16 courses of chemotherapy and 3 major operations as part of his treatment.

Steve McCabe MP has joined campaigners and patients to spread awareness about the challenges dealt with by people living with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL).

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The future of Baverstock was first plunged into doubt in June last year, but the Department for Education assured the local MP that a sponsor would be found to rescue the secondary school. However, the Department for Education restarted their consultation into closure in January this year. The consultation ends tomorrow.

 

Speaking at Education Questions in the House of Commons, Steve McCabe MP said:

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Since the referendum last June, I have received a huge number of emails, letters and phone calls from constituents, both Leavers and Remainers asking me to vote for or against invoking Article 50 which allows the government to start the negotiations for Britain to leave the EU.

 

Friday 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.

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The Department for Education have formally responded to a petition Steve McCabe MP presented to parliament with over 1,500 signatures calling for the Government to Save Baverstock Academy in Druids Heath. But the local MP is still yet to hear from the Education Secretary who has so far refused to discuss the desperate situation with the MP.

 

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